C.H.A.M.P.S ‘St Peters’

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On the first of December, at a very chilly Spitalfields market I ventured to the ever growing and ever brilliant Independent Record Label Market. Perusing isles of rare and unreleased new music was possibly one of the nicest ways to start this festive month. On arrival to the PIAS stand, I was pleased to see a sexy new vinyl from Zulu Winter who I wrote about way back in June last year. Starting up a good sales pitch, the nice gents from PIAS started with the soft sell and were clearly keen for me to make a purchase. Having only a couple of quid in my pocket at the time I had to deflect the attention to something else. That something was a young band called C.H.A.M.P.S. Having somehow missed any early hype of this band (405, Killing Moon, RCDLBL), I was kindly given a PIAS sampler with a track called St Peters and told that when I next buy a PAIS record it should be from these guys. Well, it’s taken me nearly 2 weeks to get round to listening and I’m kind of kicking my self for not nabbing one of their limited 7” singles, as this track is a gem and certainly deserves it’s place as our featured track this week. Hailing from the Isle Of White, brothers Michal and David Champion along with Tom Gardner have come together to create music that is truly engaging and well crafted. St Peters is as haunting as it is heart warming. Building beautifully with reverb soaked vocals layers that are almost choral at points. With a steady and forthright rhythm that drives this song throughout it is given a extra organ/synth lift to create further depth and diversity. Akin in parts to Fleet Foxes with a touch of Alt J, this is a band that should surely rival their success. With early support from Dermot O’Leary on his Radio 2 show and recent plays from Rob da Bank, Huw Stephens and Amazing Radio, 2013 looks to be bright for these guys. There is a mix of European and UK shows for the New Year which I suggest you get in the diary. Don’t make the same mistake as me. If someone from a cool record label tells you about a band, you buy the record! You never know when it might be a gem like this.

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